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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

ORAU Graduate Student Awards for the Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

PI Eligibility
Texas A&M University graduate students who will have completed by June 2012 at least two years of study toward a doctoral degree in physics or in a related discipline, but not planning a dissertation/thesis defense before December 31, 2012.

Institutional Eligibility
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Number of Applications: 2 nominations per pathway
A university may use any or all pathways. However, only two nominations can be submitted for a given pathway from each university.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany, to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Science Division and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) are honored to have been invited to bring groups of top young researchers to the 2012 meeting. The U.S. delegation consists of U.S. doctoral students whose current research at their universities is funded by one of the sponsoring agencies (DOE or NSF), Mars, Inc. who sponsors students under separate eligibility criteria or who attend an ORAU member institution. These students will travel to Lindau to participate in discussions with the Nobel Laureates, as well as other graduate students and junior researchers from around the world.  The 2012 meeting will be held July 1 - July 6, 2012 and will focus on physics.

Transportation, lodging and registration expenses are arranged and paid for by the sponsoring agencies. Participants meet in Washington, D.C., for an orientation meeting and travel as a group to Germany. A student awardee will be committed to travel from June 27 or 28, 2012 until July 7 or 8, 2012. The final dates will be determined at a later date.

During the meeting, the Laureates lecture on the topics of their choice related to physics in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings.

October 24, 2011, 5:00 pm:
Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the graduate student, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

October 26, 2011, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal. 
All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal, the sections will include:

  1. A one-page personal resume
  2. The name of the project being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health or other federal agency.
  3. A one-page letter of reference from the applicants advisor; and
  4. An essay of no more than one page written by the applicant describing why participation in the Lindau meeting is important for the applicant’s graduate education.

This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

October 28, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

November 15, 2011: Deadline for the nomination application, by 12:00 pm Pacific time.

Internal Selection Procedures
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M University submissions.